HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 c1096
28. Major Guy Lloyd

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether the Government's proposals to nationalise the gas industry include monetary compensation to local authorities who have been providing gas in the areas under their control.

Mr. Shinwell

There will be a scheme of compensation for local authorities in respect of their gas undertakings which are nationalised.

Major Lloyd

Does the Minister propose to differentiate in any way between the compensation to the highly efficient local authorities who are supplying gas and the equally efficient independent companies who have been supplying gas for many years?

Mr. Shinwell

That is another question, of course. The hon. and gallant Member asked me about the local authorities. If he puts a Question down about the companies I will endeavour to give him an answer.